Ukraine 2020: unjustified expectations, unexpected challenges. Results of the year in the mirror of public opinion (December 2020)

The survey was conducted by the Razumkov Centre’s sociological service on 4-9 December 2020, by using a face-to-face interview at the place of residence of the respondents. 2018 respondents aged 18 and over were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, based on a sample representative of the adult population according to the key socio-demographic indicators. The theoretical sampling error (excluding the design effect) does not exceed 2.3% with a probability of 0.95.

According to the survey, local elections were the main political event of 2020 in Ukraine (33% of respondents called them in an open question). Furthermore, the majority of those who called this event, consider it positive (54%), and only 11% – negative. 23% of respondents called the COVID-19 epidemic and related anti-epidemic measures (quarantine, lockdown) (almost all respondents – 95% – interpreted this event as negative). About  4.5% of respondents mentioned the decision of the Constitutional Court to repeal anti-corruption laws, and 3% – the adoption of the law on the market of agricultural land, 3% – the truce in Donbas, 2% – the economic crisis and declining living standards, 2% – rising prices for gas and utility tariffs, 2% – the release of prisoners, 1% – the war in the Donbas.

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